The 2020 Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Maxxis finished a Covid-19 abbreviated season in Winter Park, CO where its history of enduro racing runs deep as previous host to EWS racing in 2013 and 2014. The 4 stages of racing at Trestle Bike Park included wide-open fast Upper Boulevard and Lower Boulevard, the notorious Trestle DH, Search and Seizure, Space Ape and concluded with some backcountry singletrack shredding on Eye-to-Eye and Helle’s Nuts. With pandemic safety precautions front and center, the individual race categories were split up into three days of racing to minimize large groups of racers at the venue as well as having a mid-day break and 5 minute start time gaps between categories to further spread out the racers.
Not so unexpectedly Friday’s first day of racing started with a few inches of new snow that fell overnight. After all, this is Colorado and snowstorms in September are Mother Natures signal to start winter preparations as it is surely coming. Despite the snow, a statewide drought throughout the summer and some barely above freezing temps had the snow quickly melting from the tracks for a cold muddy day of racing the Sport, Am’s and U21 women.